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The Florida Museum Fish Collection is second only to the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian) in number of specimen records, as reported in the most recent survey of U.S. fish collections. The Florida Museum Fish Collection has added more records to its catalog during the interval between U.S. Fish Collection surveys than any other collection.

Fish Collection LogoAlthough holdings are global in scope, its strengths are Atlantic (including Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico) nearshore, continental shelf and deepwater marine fishes; western Atlantic reef fishes; North American, neotropical and Antillean freshwater fishes; and elasmobranchs (sharks, skates and rays).

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Fish Research at the Florida Museum

Discover Fish!

Learn about fishessharkssawfishskates and rays. Want to find out more about a particular fish? Consult our species profilesAtlantic shark ID keyFlorida freshwater fish ID key or search the collection database.

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Sharks & Sawfish

The Florida Program for Shark Research (FPSR) is involved in promoting shark conservation and many areas of shark research, including shark biology, ecology, and behavior. The FPSR monitors shark attacks through the International Shark Attack File. In addition, the FSPR focuses on the study and conservation of smalltooth sawfish and maintains the International Sawfish Encounter Database.

Discover which areas have the most shark attackshow to avoid one and why it’s important to keep the relatively low risk of shark attack in perspective.